Diana Harris transitioned from nursing to teaching Walkertown High School students about careers in the health field.
“Nursing is my passion, and I want to inspire another generation to not only impact but to improve the health-care system,” Harris says. By moving into the classroom, Harris has greater reach. “This career appealed to me because I wanted to have an impact on the future of nursing. I want to instill in my students the importance of caring for the person and not the illness. I want to help them develop their interpersonal skills and recognize the impact that compassion and empathy have on the patient and the health-care provider.”
Students are able to take classes to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant license, which is required for nursing school. “This job entails teaching health science classes as well as a Nursing Fundamentals class, which prepares students to test with the state for their nurse aid certification (through classroom and instruction and clinical rotations),” she says.
Nursing and teaching both present their fair share of stress, she says.
Harris has mentors in Heather Hahn and Elizabeth York. Hahn has been a resource in the ins and outs of education. “She advises, encourages and supports me,” Harris says. “As a nurse and lateral-entry teacher, I have several educational aspects I need to meet to become a certified teacher. My job will now require that I maintain not just my nursing license but a teaching certification as well.”
York is also an R.N. who teaches health sciences at Walkertown High. “She was very encouraging, and after much contemplation I applied and was hired,” Harris says.
Harris’ aunt, Robin Branch, is a nurse. Branch told her, “Not